Message from the Principal
|What is the point of Sports Day?
As a previous “Egg and Spoon Race” Champion (Humberstone School ’76 and ’77 respectively) my own recollections of sports days are of rather fun, rather less than serious affairs.
We have moved away from things such as Egg and Spoon and The Sack Race over the years and I have no doubt that any suggestion of resurrecting The Three Legged Race would have Nord Anglia’s Health and Safety teams parachuting into my office!
Sports and fitness in today’s world is sometimes taken a little too seriously.
There is, and always should be, an element of fun to sports. We don’t always win (Egg and Spoon was the ONLY thing I ever won…) and nor should we expect to do so. For some children they will want to win and when they don’t, they will be upset.
This is a microcosm of life.
Then again we are not about teaching the hard lessons of life to year 1! They are allowed plenty of time to be children and to have some fun. They will learn those lessons later on; children should be allowed a time of innocence and carefree fun.
So sports days are an odd anachronism. They are about non-serious competition in fun events which, much as life, becomes more “real” as the children grow older. They are also a chance to celebrate taking part.
Really though all of the above is secondary to the spectacle of mums and dads hammering down the race track in the parents race for the amusement of all the gathered children. That’s what Sports Days are really about. Three Legged Parents Races (with a waiver!) here we come!
Sports Days Round Up
Year 1 & Year 2
On Monday January 18th and Tuesday January 19th our Year 1 and 2 students competed in their Sports Day. Leopards, Falcons, Vipers and Scorpions ran, jumped and threw the javelin and quoit the very best they could.
Our students displayed individual courage, team spirit and perseverance as they worked their way through each event and finished with a 60 metre sprint final for the ten fastest girls and boys and a house relay. Each student received a well-earned and deserved certificate for their exuberant participation.
Thank you to the parents for your support, the turnout was fantastic as well as the parent race. A big thank you to the staff for assisting to make this a spectacular morning.
Jessica Thornton - PE Teacher
Year 3 & Year 4
On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th January the Year 3 and 4 students competed in their Sports Day.
All the students in Leopards, Falcons, Vipers and Scorpions competed in running, jumping and throwing events, working as hard as they possibly could to gain points for their house team. There were some excellent displays of technique, distance and speed across all of the events, highlighting some very talented athletes in both year groups.
Our students displayed individual courage, team spirit and perseverance as they worked their way through each of the events. They finished with a 200/300 distance and 80 metre sprint final for the five fastest girls and boys and then an overall house participation relay.
Claire Chaters - PE Teacher
Year 5 and Year 6
This week saw the annual sports day of the academic year take place on Monday 11th January (Year 6) and Tuesday 12th January (Year 5).
The sports field was decked out superbly with various track and field events as pupils competed in their school houses. The morning began with a very energetic warm up from the PE team before the games began!
In the much awaited track and field events, pupils strived to outdo one another as the spectators looked on and cheered their children to victory. There were some excellent displays of technique, distance and speed across all of the events that included the 80m sprint, long jump, shot put, 50m hurdles and 400m run with pupils showing team spirit and perseverance as they worked their way through each of the events.
The highlight of the day were the individual sprint finals with pupils being recognized as the top 5 fastest boys and girls in each year group. This was then followed by a participation relay where all pupils got the opportunity to take part in a 4 x 50 meter relay. Then it was the parents' turn with a record number of parents wanting to take part and show their children just how it’s done.
As the sun shone down and brought the sports days to an end we were able to bring pupils in together to give the all-important results with each student being recognized for their efforts and each receiving a well-earned certificate for their high-spirited participation.
Year 5 Sportsday Results
Scorpions 106pts 1st Place
Falcons 93pts 2nd Place
Vipers 88pts 3rd Place
Leopards 77pts 4th Place
Year 6 Sportsday Results
Leopards 110pts 1st Place
Scorpions 102pts 2nd Place
Falcons 67pts 3rd Place
Vipers 82pts 4th Place
On behalf of the PE department we would just like to say a massive well done to all the pupils who took part. It was a special day and hopefully one they will remember for a long time. Thank you to all the parents for your constant support, the turnout was fantastic and a final thank you to the staff for assisting to make it such a spectacular event!
Thank you and see you again next year
Danny Thomas - PE Teacher
Over the last 2 weeks each year group from Years 7 to 10 competed in their Sports Day. Leopards, Falcons, Vipers and Scorpions took part in various running, jumping and throwing events with every student participating in all activities.
Our students displayed individual excellence, team spirit and determination as they worked their way through each event and finished with an 80 metre sprint final for the five fastest girls and boys. For the Year 7s Aaron Molner and Leah Hartman proved to be the students who came out on top, both recording fantastic times. In the Year 8 race Ryan Abu-Wardeh and Elizabeth Illingworth beat all their fellow students to take the top spots in the highly contested races.
Then the student participated in a house relay which provided a fun team-spirited way to finish the day. Regardless of place, each student received a certificate to acknowledge their hard work. Many congratulations to the Y7 Vipers and Y8 Scorpions on winning this year’s Sports Day!
Thank you to the parents for your support, the turnout was fantastic as well as joining in on the parent race. A big thank you to the staff for assisting to make this a spectacular morning.
Adam Smith - PE Teacher